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Footage shows off-duty cop beating woman

2013-04-12 15:42

Cape Town - The under-fire South African Police Service faced a fresh scandal on Friday after footage emerged of an off-duty officer hitting and kicking an unarmed woman.

The security footage, broadcast by the eNCA television channel, shows the man striking the woman to the ground on a petrol station forecourt before launching a sustained assault.

Two uniformed officers are also filmed at the scene, making modest, and ultimately unsuccessful, efforts to restrain their colleague.

But the solidly built man strikes again and chases the woman, kicking her. As she falls to the ground he stamps on her head.

The two uniformed officers allow the man to leave the scene without arrest.

The assault on the woman was filmed at a petrol station on 5 April shortly after 21:00.

The man was identified as a warrant officer in Smithfield, in the Free State.

He was in civilian clothes and arrived at the station in a sedan car.

The incident is being probed by the country's police watchdog.

"We are investigating it," Moses Dlamini, spokesperson for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate told AFP.

It is the latest criminal incident involving police captured on film.

In February explosive footage emerged of a Mozambican taxi driver being dragged down a road while handcuffed behind a police van.

He later died in police custody.

Comments
  • Louis Nolte - 2013-04-12 15:46

    Side-bet how long it will take for him to be released on bail or a commission of inquiry to be formed...

      Saamprater - 2013-04-12 16:13

      No arrest have been made. And going by the saps track record, this guy will not be arrested, but promoted This is maybe the poorest reporting I have seen and it makes me sick. It is never acceptable when one person kicks the other in the face, or strike one down, no matter what, and this article implies that it would've been ok if the woman was armed to strike her down and stomps on her head. What is wrong with N24 and its male reporters, or is this the general attitude towards woman in South Africa?

      Michael - 2013-04-12 16:26

      Leonard, I'm with you in your disgust and outrage, but there's one glaring problem with firing the minister, the minister will not be replaced by anyone better... And the cycle continues. As far as I can see, the only thing the ANC is good at is collecting taxes, there are no other competent members to take the reigns and actually do a good job.

      Bob Bothalezi - 2013-04-12 16:33

      And Zuma stated that brutality is not out of control

      Geoff Anderson - 2013-04-12 16:35

      How can the police investigate one of their own ? How dumb is that ? Nothing will come of it.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-12 19:45

      @Hector Smythe - this isn't culture or a lack of respect for women. This is a bully. A totally out-of-control bully whose totally messed up brain doesn't conceive of the rights or feelings of others. This is also a person whose 'day-job' is to [allegedly] protect the rights and feelings of others. This is a very dangerous person who has publicly forfeited all rights to ever be part of society again. You can't fix someone like this. Ever

      Jack Frost - 2013-04-12 19:46

      News24 said I must watch a video of a woman being beaten by a policeman! does that make me an accessory? I feel traumatised. Can I sue News24?

  • PointBlank - 2013-04-12 15:46

    We are a tormented nation.

      Bullet Proof - 2013-04-12 18:57

      Enough is Enough!!!!

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2013-04-12 15:46

    We as the citizens of this country are under siege from both the criminals and the SAPS.We`ve got nowhere to hide.

      Saamprater - 2013-04-12 16:15

      Bra, remember this at the ballot box, and remember this when they make all their pre-voting promises.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2013-04-12 15:53

    We are targets. If it is not the police,its the criminals. If it neither of them, its the government.

      Tumelo Motloung - 2013-04-12 16:28

      Lol Tebzaah. ja we're being shaft dry

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-04-12 18:43

      Amen brother

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-04-12 18:47

      When will this regime take there heads out of there arses and be a nation building government ............sorry..... cANCer.

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-04-12 18:49

      There is no law its time the citizens of this great nation takes control!!!!!!

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-12 19:49

      @Victor van der Walt - why do you think that Priority 1 after the 'new dispensation', was to systematically disarm the citizens? We have a Constitution but no tangible rights.

  • Sisa Ndlovu - 2013-04-12 15:56

    Tru certified criminals in blue. Phiyega is busy with Marikana commission nd the mice are out at play. The SAPS has no leader at the moment.

      Saamprater - 2013-04-12 16:18

      At the "moment"? When last did they had a non political cadre placement who reports to the civilians and not the crime infested politburo? And guess what, nothing will change under this government Therefore if you want change, change government. That is your last option

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-12 16:21

      The SAPS haven't had a leader for a long time.

  • Rohin Jadin - 2013-04-12 15:59

    I'm not sure which footage you're referring to but from what I can see, the 2 uniformed policeman responded quickly and they looked like they were making an effort to stop the guy from hitting them. They did stuff up in not asking the woman if she wanted to press charges, but she got in the car and drove off. it doesn't show the perp driving off, so we don't know if they did take him in.

      Dazza22 - 2013-04-12 16:04

      Err that's a clear case of assult as stated in the video, why was he not arrested???????

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-12 16:23

      I didn't see them try to help her or get medical attention for her. They did not make an arrest; they let the assailant drive away.

      Rohin - 2013-04-12 16:36

      i'm not defending the actions of the perp, I'm taking issue with the crappy reporting. Based purely on the video, you can't see if they arrested the man or not, you also can not hear what is being said. The video ends showing him open his car door - That's all. You don't actually see him driving away. As far as I know - and i stand to be corrected - if no one lays a charge, you get off, even if the police witnessed it.

      Rohin Jadin - 2013-04-12 16:36

      i'm not defending the actions of the perp, I'm taking issue with the crappy reporting. Based purely on the video, you can't see if they arrested the man or not, you also can not hear what is being said. The video ends showing him open his car door - That's all. You don't actually see him driving away. As far as I know - and i stand to be corrected - if no one lays a charge, you get off, even if the police witnessed it.

      Kobie Nel - 2013-04-12 16:59

      Tersia, they did help her by stopping the guy assaulting her more. Keep in mind black culture here. Those two black policemen did more than what they should according to culture, but act as policemen in preventing more violence. OK, they should arrest him and took her in so the situation could "lawfully" being handled, but still be careful of looking at it from our point of view alone. Rohin is much more realistic here.

      Mpilonhle Li Mkhize - 2013-04-12 17:50

      Excuses, excuses, till it happens to you

      Fther Christmas - 2013-04-13 07:59

      The aim of arrest is to ensure that the suspect appears before a judge to be held accountable for his/her actions...and to ensure the safety of members of the public. They know the perpetrator and the woman has left the scene so technically there is no reason to arrest him

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-04-13 08:54

      even if they arrested him he was still gonna go free in court because the woman refused to open a case that means she will not go to court to testify

      Kobie Nel - 2013-04-13 11:18

      Mpilonhle, you got that right for sure. What I said above is from an outside "lawfully realistic" point. For the person who feel the pain the picture looks different. I hear this guy have a few previous problems facing him.

  • Peter Cornelius - 2013-04-12 16:01

    He will be put on administrative leave with full pay and then redeployed to a new province. Poor South Africa

  • Johan Botha - 2013-04-12 16:03

    WOW - Disgusting. First he is in the SAPS - Assults a woman. And continue with it. And the 2 other guys do not arrest him? Obviously because he is one of them. Unbelievable!

      Johan Botha - 2013-04-12 16:13

      Mthethwa You said this today - lets see if you can practise what you preach. 'Police must see themselves as the enforcers of the law and not the law itself, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Friday....Over the last year, we have identified some areas related to our disciplinary codes and practices that need to be improved, and are currently being addressed," he said'

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-04-12 16:42

      he was off duty and the woman refused to open a case....police can't just open a case without the will of the complainant unless the complainant cannot speak due to injuries she sustained in that case police can open a skeleton docket

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-04-12 19:53

      thumbs down because you know nothing about the law. all you know is to complain

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-12 23:27

      @nkosikhonorman.ludidi - but the State can. The Public Prosecutor can. In fact even you can, under our law and Constitution, we don't need this woman to lay a complaint. It is a human and civil rights abuse.

      iNJBL - 2013-04-13 07:24

      For the record Ludidi is a policeman and will defend police no matter how wrong they are.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-04-13 08:48

      police can open skeleton docket if the complainant is unable to speak due to some injuries she sustained or maybe she is still traumatized....and this docket will be kept and wait for the complainant to get well and be able to talk and give her statement.. but if she is refusing to open a case no one can force her.....it is her right to open a case and it is her right not to open the case if she feels so. ... ..did you get me now? most of the women who are abused by their partners give police problems...in domestic violence cases if you arrest the partner today tommorrow the woman will go to the crime office to drop the charges against her husband when asked the reason she will say police forced me to open a case and say she wanted the police to stop him from beating her not to arrest him....that is an example. so this woman refused to open a case and that means if police open a case on behalf of her, still the man will go free from court because the woman wont go in court to testify

  • Tumelo Motloung - 2013-04-12 16:05

    South African law abiding citizens are under siege-armed criminals on one side and armed police force (also criminals) on the other side.South Africans you're on your own.

  • NewsNut - 2013-04-12 16:10

    I bet he will go on leev and get fool pay for to years and sit at home and do nuthing!

  • TinavoMagaisa - 2013-04-12 16:19

    IPID is fast becoming irrelavent. That police officer will walk free, the killers of Tatane were allowed to walk free despite him shot on video. Zimbabwean cops are saints comparing the way in which SAPS conduct themselves in a so called constitutional democracy.

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-04-12 16:49

      TinavoMagaisa, you have said it in mouthful. I always say the same thing about the so-called IPID, they are more bark on TV and less action. Maybe if you make ask yourself, where did they train for investigation? Investigation is an art learned in the investigation academy. No-one is born with that skill.

  • Warren Hattingh - 2013-04-12 16:36

    Investigate too often, and prosecute to little....? Jail the swine.

  • Tshepo Lekote - 2013-04-12 16:37

    I suspect these guys knew each other which is y his colleagues didn't try harder to stop him..... However that guy is a coward

  • hetty.oliver - 2013-04-12 16:44

    Bastard1 Roid rage perhaps?? Why did the two cops not use their batons and hit him to the ground?? It is such a pity that those Policemen and women that are so dedicated must put up with this rubbish that brings the name of the SAPS down!

  • Phumlane Mkhwanazi - 2013-04-12 16:44

    it was disgusting to watch that footage it looked like a movie scene what disgusting even more the woman refuses to lay a charge against the off duty cop, she said they know each other and she owed him money!!!!

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-04-12 16:58

      But, Phumulani, he had no right to assault her regardless of the fact that she owed her. As for the two who stood idle by, she can successfully sue them. In Minister of Police v Ewels in 1977, an off duty policeman assaulted a person in front of on duty policemen and they were successfully sued. Right recently when we had the Constitutional Court, Carmichele v Minister of Safety and Security, again police were successfully sued.

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2013-04-12 17:09

      I like the extra facts you are giving us Phumlani, I agree with Sipho, they should sue the police, factual references you are making as well Sipho is very good, it gets very boring here when the swearing, know it all brigade carry on and on with their cr...p which in most instances don't make sense

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-04-12 17:36

      Thank you, Manqoba, Mageba omkhulu. You know what I hate the most is that I have served the police for 26 years and I respect human rights. And I am not far from becoming an Advocate.

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2013-04-12 17:51

      Good luck with everything Sipho

      Warren Hattingh - 2013-04-12 18:32

      Sipho, good luck, but you will first need to become a lwayer. After passing your bar exams, then you will have the option of becoming an advocate and specialising in a particular field in your own offices. Just to reinforce an attorney / lawayer is not quite an 'advocate' already, because you are not yet qualified in a particular field.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-12 19:05

      @Sipho Mnguni - by all means sue the police but all of these, ahem, men, also need to face criminal charges. No doubt the victim refused to lay a charge because she has already been publicly intimidated - and probably threatened with more for herself and/her family. These guys need to be locked up. It's a human rights and civil rights abuse. She shouldn't have to lay a charge to get not only these $@*& into jail but all those who protect and support them.

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-04-12 19:26

      Commonsense, I am surrounded by Professors who are admitted Advocates of the High Court, as my lecturers so I know everything I want to know about my new chosen career. So thank you, for an advice.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-04-13 03:04

      why do you want them to be sued? these officers didnt just stand and watched him beating a woman...they intervened tried to stop him and managed to stop him...so what else that they were suppose to do?

  • Sabelo Lex Mthembu - 2013-04-12 16:53

    Scum of a being!

  • tsepo.okeke - 2013-04-12 16:55

    I wish one of those mobs who kill the rapists could do some mob justice on a few cops.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-04-13 02:57

      your wishes were fulfiled there in marikana where a mob charged to.poluce officers..and guess what happened...the mob failed its mission...so please dont wish for this to happen because you will cry like marikana and claim to be a victm

  • Petro Jahnel - 2013-04-12 16:57

    Tie that scumbag to a tree and give the victim a baseball bat...

  • Democrazy - 2013-04-12 16:58

    Savages the lot!!!!!!

  • Thokozane Mhlanga - 2013-04-12 16:59

    Clearly the SAPS lacks proper leadership

  • Brian Du Reuck - 2013-04-12 17:01

    SO WTF??? OFF duty hello!!! what i do at night and what i do at work are 2 different things. ....

      Michelle Strydom - 2013-04-12 17:13

      NO Brian. As an officer of the law, I'd imagine him knowing better, off-duty or not. You have no right to beat up someone like that. if he handles a 'personal' situation like that, do you really think he conducts himself well ON-duty??? Also, it says a lot of someone's character if you defend him...

      Mervin Skeef - 2013-04-12 17:23

      ok so its legal ffor cops to beat pplwomen to a pulp when ur of duty then selling crack and robbing banks should be legal for off duty cops.

      Tumelo Motloung - 2013-04-12 17:34

      @Brian-you're one of the few with a screwed up mind,if you're off duty you must be kicking woman to a pulp.You're son must be very proud of you.

      Fther Christmas - 2013-04-13 08:03

      Whilst off-duty he is still a police officer and is required by law to intervene in situations that ordinary citizens are not. When you are a cop you are a cop 24 hours a day - you just happen to be out of uniform for a few hours but nothing else changes....

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-04-13 08:28

      next report will readoff duty officer having sex with a woman at their bedroom

  • Sothini Luyolo - 2013-04-12 17:06

    Bloody coward

  • Nokuthula Tshabalala - 2013-04-12 17:26

    I dnt understand y is it a big issue bcz this man was off duty,nd if d lady dd want to report him or to open d cas there will be no arrest anyway if there is no complainent no cas so now leav d saps alone

      Mpilonhle Li Mkhize - 2013-04-12 17:36

      That's a ridiculous thing to say. If you were in a restaurant and someone you were with had a heartattack and a doctor there refused to help and the person died and when questioned as to why the doctor didn't assist them, how would you feel if he said, I'm off duty? A cop is a cop. Period. It's not about the women placing charges, they were suppose to offer their full assistance to ensure her safety i.e locking him up. You wouldn't say this had this happened to you so stop being bias and call this as what it is, injustice.

      Mark S Bush - 2013-04-12 17:37

      Mate sought yourself out..you are a waste of humanity..think if u can

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-04-12 17:50

      Nokuthula, section 12 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa,1996 prohibits anyone to assault another person including that policeman, of course. As to he was off-duty or not, you need to read this case Minister van Polisie v Ewels 1975 (3) SA 590 (A) where an off duty policeman assaulted a person in front of on duty policemen. They were successfully sued. And also Carmichele v Minister of Safety and Security (Centre for Applied Legal Studies Intervening) 2001 (4) SA 938 (CC), it's a Constitutional Court case. That lady should sue all of them.

      Tumelo Motloung - 2013-04-12 18:22

      Nokuthula I was made to believe only man are trolls but you're a good example that women can outdo men in the trolling field.Maybe you're abused by your partner also

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-04-13 08:25

      @mkhize did the police refused to help there?

      Thembinkosi Jozie - 2013-04-13 15:26

      Nokuthula u must be one of the ANCWL rubbish. According to your stupidity its ok to commit crime as long as u are off duty? What must the policemen do when u commit crime infront of them? Wait for someone to open a case? What kind of a woman r u?

  • Owekika Mukiibi Ndugwa K - 2013-04-12 17:28

    And lastly, Cops can't police themselves!

  • Madisema Mokoena - 2013-04-12 17:32

    Something is seriously wrong with our police. Why are they so ill- disciplined?

  • Wendy G Sondisa - 2013-04-12 17:37

    i feel sorry for south african police they are SATAN. im no longer using my police station cos i layed charges against a police woman who threate to kill my child just becos she cnt bear kids for my EX BF who is currently her Boyfriend and they both work together. i saw them tlking to the judge on the day of the case and we were neva on the witnessbox wewere taken to da office and thats where i was tld there is not inaf evidence whereas i showed them an sms from the police lade. i hate SAPS REALL. IM A LAW PERSON I OVERPOWERED THEM WITH MY RIGHTS BT THEY KEPT SAYING I DONT HAVE PROOF

  • Candice Tieman - 2013-04-12 17:43

    What is the country coming to?????

      Tumelo Motloung - 2013-04-12 18:23

      criminals are on the loose

  • Mpilonhle Li Mkhize - 2013-04-12 17:44

    I can't believe that some of you here think that it's of ANY relevance that he was off-duty. Does a teacher by profession fail to help his/her child with their homework cause they're not on duty? You guys are going on like you just watched a clip from Tekken. That could be someone you know one day.

  • Derick Matroos - 2013-04-12 17:58

    The action of one man or the inaction of his colleagues doesn't and cannot reflect the image of the South African Police Services, there is too much good that they are doing and continue to do which doesn't get the acknowledgement it deserves. The problem here is that bad news sell and travel faster!

      Tumelo Motloung - 2013-04-12 18:27

      and bad police officers always has a way around the law.It's always on their side.They're no longer the police service but the police force

  • Nicholas Vilakazi - 2013-04-12 18:07

    You can say that again Wendy, I also opened a case against a Female police officer who promised to kill me if I testified against her in the court of law that she falsely accused my colleague for not stopping at the stop sign, there was no action taken against her instead they kept changing the case numbers.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-04-13 08:02

      your coleague was suppose to open the case not you moron...so stupid sorry to say that...but here you are just creating a no sense story

  • Linda Horsfield - 2013-04-12 18:21

    What I see is a coward and a bully striking a defenceless woman from behind ..... and then 2 policemen who appear to be unable to restrain 1 man, and allow him to strike the woman again.... Either the 2 policemen are completely incompetent - or they didnt try too hard because they recognised the perpetrator as a policeman himself. Either way it is totally unacceptable. If the perpetrator is an off duty policemen, he has proved himself to be totally unfit to be a police officer, if he feels entitled to not only strike a defenceless woman, but to do so in public, in full view of other police officers. It is exactly this arrogant and aggressive attitude that is destroying the publics faith in SAPS. Furthermore, this incident would have been denied EMPHATICALLY by the police, if there hadnt been video footage. Is it too much to hope that this scumbag gets booted out of the police force? Probably - in all likelihood he will get suspended on full pay for 5 years - allowing him to run his sideline business full time without the distraction of having to turn up at the police station (purely to collect his gun and free transport) - and then either get transferred to another station,or promoted.

  • Eliot Segafa - 2013-04-12 18:31

    this are the fruits of nepotism they are above the law got right to beat and kill where is morals in there

  • Max Andreas Rainer - 2013-04-12 19:09

    @derrick "a man is judged by the company he keeps", in this case his colleagues, thus guilty by association

  • Max Andreas Rainer - 2013-04-12 19:14

    @Fanie thank you. My question exactly. #morons

  • Sherrelle Crouch - 2013-04-12 20:04

    Absolutely stuns me that no one checked on the woman! They allowed her to drive away without seeing if she was ok or wanting to press charges! Disgusts me ! I really hope I never need help from the police if this is how they show concern!

      Mark Fester - 2013-04-13 06:04

      Sherrelle this is what I alwys say-i hope nevere to have to need police assistance-it seems the only service they can do is certify documents and sign affidavits!

  • Liam R Lewis - 2013-04-12 20:26

    If that was my wife or any close female family member of mine... I would decapitated them one by one in their own homes. This has to stop

  • Liam R Lewis - 2013-04-12 20:48

    If that happened to my wife or any close female family member of mine... I would decapitated those cops one by one in their own homes. This has to stop

  • Patricia Bull - 2013-04-12 21:11

    Is this something new ? ...........You don't need a uniform for this!.....

  • Logic - 2013-04-12 21:19

    chock another one up for ANC governance incompetence

  • AndrĂ© Smit - 2013-04-12 21:24

    Tomorrows headlines: ANC condemns the behaviour of the off duty policeman. A new team will be assembled to investigate the manner. The probe will cost tax payers millions. The DA will insist on an expenditure report...miraculously...six months down the line nothing would have changed...

  • nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-04-13 09:05

    next report will read off duty officer having sex with a woman in their bedroom

  • Collins Ntelele - 2013-04-13 09:37

    Nyaope puffing off-duty cop.

  • Lebakeng Nchaupe - 2013-04-13 12:30

    This is not about the off duty cop is about the actions of the on duty cops why didn't they arrest him was it because is one of thier own or because they so no need to

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-04-14 11:16

      there was no need for arrest because the complainant refused to open the case so if they arrest him without a valid case he will sue the officers for unlawful arrest......bare in mind that for the person to be arrested there must be a complainant and the docket must be opened so that a person can be brought infront of court.. . the complainant must be available to testify at court...

  • Tendai Joe - 2013-04-13 12:50

    But this reported is misleading. This happened in Cape Town and this officer works in freestate "Two uniformed officers are also filmed at the scene, making modest, and ultimately unsuccessful, efforts to restrain their colleague." Try to be fair when you report your stories. Am not condoning the man's violent actions

      Felicity Burnett - 2013-04-13 14:38

      What? Perhaps you'd care to explain exactly what you mean. A police officer (who cares where he's from) attacks an unarmed woman and - as you have pointed out TWO UNIFORMED OFFICERS .... MAKING MODEST and ULTIMATELY UNSUCCESSFUL EFFORTS.. blah blah blah. Good grief man - the police are out of control criminals. In any other country, this would not have happened (firstly) and (secondly) the two uniformed officers would have used force if necessary to restrain the ILLEGAL actions of the so-called 'officer of the peace'. God Help South Africa. We sure need it!!!

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-04-14 11:11

      felicity why are you always comparing south africa with other countries? you are 100% right when you say in another country it would have never happened that incident...but do you know why? its because people of those countries respect their countries law enforcers..so no person can provoke another person infront of police officer and also no one would punch another person in a view of cops unlike here in South Africa where civilians have so many rights as many as bible pages

  • Zahir - 2013-04-13 13:09

    We must be aware of cops and criminals there is no security and safety unless you build an underground bunker

  • Siboniso Mathenjwa - 2013-04-13 13:49

    its just they are uneducated,like their president(zuma)

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